A Cooks single-serve coffeemaker can make coffee using loose grounds and K-Cups, which are available in several varieties, including flavored coffee, tea, espresso and hot cocoa. A Cooks 12-cup coffeemaker only makes coffee. As of 2015, Cooks coffeemakers are available for purchase at JCPenney.
The Cooks single-serve coffeemaker features a single-serve reservoir that holds up to 15 ounces of water. Beverages can be brewed into a travel mug or regular coffee cup. The Cooks 12-cup coffeemaker has a glass carafe, digital time display, programmable brewing and a 2-hour automatic shut off feature. The coffeemaker also comes with a scoop and a removable, reusable coffee filter.
Although it is not in keeping with their traditional use, coffeemakers can be used to make certain foods. For example, it is possible to make oatmeal by placing two packets of instant oatmeal, honey and salt into the carafe. Before turning the coffeemaker on, the preparation is completed by placing an orange-flavored tea bag into the filter basket and 8 to 10 ounces of water into the coffeemaker, and the oatmeal is usually ready in about 5 minutes. A coffeemaker can also cook rice, crunchy vegetables, soft and hard boiled eggs, mashed potatoes, and certain meats. When using a coffeemaker to cook food, it is important to clean it thoroughly between uses.